Compression Knee Braces

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The optimal compression improves muscular endurance and protects the knee, reduces inflammation and swelling, prevents blood pooling, stimulates blood flow and promotes faster muscular recovery.

Helps improve performance during sports or everyday activities supporting the movement of the knee. Great for running, basketball, soccer, football, golf, cycling, tennis, hiking, volleyball, skiing and much more.

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Compression Knee Braces For Relief Of Mild Sprains & Strains

Elastic compression knee braces come in many varieties and are popular for pain relief in minor conditions or as an addition to knee pain management for temporary use.

Compression may help protect the knee and aims to reduce swelling and inflammation by stimulating blood flow. It is popular in sports for improving muscular endurance and recovery and an added measure of protection. Sometimes called a “sleeve”, the method of action is compression, however, the force of compression is dependent on the condition as well as any factors that effect blood circulation.

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Higher levels of compression may be used for shorter periods, while lower compression levels of a sleeve can help provide warmth. Ideally, compression can assist in limiting patella motion and provide proprioceptive feedback – the joint position sense. This can help prevent further injury.

With injuries, it is sometimes nice to have something to use in between wearing a more restrictive brace. The feeling can be comforting, allowing more beneficial motion that is important to recovery and rehabilitation. With compression knee braces, you can measure for recommended size and most companies are reasonable about returning for better sizing should the sleeve be too tight or not provide enough compression.

Commonly used to reduce pain and stiffness from arthritis, tendonitis, muscle strain, meniscus sprains and other knee pain conditions. They are comfortably snug and should not produce undue strain or irritation. Advanced materials provide compression with comfortable motion, non-slip designs and moisture wicking. For added versatility use braces with an built-in strap. This can be used to focus more compression in specific areas and can be quickly adjusted.

Who Uses Compression Braces?

I use elbow sleeves and have a torn tendon and muscle. These braces are not going to cure anything, but are helpful as an adjunct to painful conditions. They are reasonably priced to have a couple different types that you can use depending on your level of activity.

I am against wearing these sleeves for aesthetic purposes, however, they are quite popular. I am a big baseball fan and you can see batters wearing arm sleeves with different designs. They can help with compression in general and are popular in sports and activity circles.

Any condition should be professionally evaluated and there should be no false expectations for conditions that need medical attention. These sleeves may act as a band-aid, provide a measure of psychological comfort, or just look cool.


So, some may be related to specific conditions but are frequently seen with runners, cycling, hiking, soccer, basketball, golf, volleyball, weight lifting, tennis more. After initial injury, motion within limits can help with recovery and compression knee braces can help provide support, comfort and confidence to keep you in motion.

Author Bio

Stephen Ornstein, D.C. has treated thousands of neck, shoulder and back conditions since graduating Sherman Chiropractic College in 1987 and during his involvement in Martial Arts. He holds certifications as a Peer Review Consultant from New York Chiropractic College, Physiological Therapeutics from National Chiropractic College, Modic Antibiotic Spinal Therapy from Dr. Hanne Albert, PT., MPH., Ph.D., Myofascial Release Techniques from Logan Chiropractic College, and learned Active Release Technique from the founder, P. Michael Leahy, DC, ART, CCSP.